Dividend Growth Soars 22.8% in Q4

Thanks to higher profits and special dividends, quarterly dividends for the S&P 500 jumped 22.77% in the fourth quarter. All told, the S&P 500 paid out $8.93 in dividends (that’s just to the index).

For the year, the S&P 500 paid out $31.25. To add some context, that means that the index yields 4.6% for investors who bought at the March 2009 low.

Dividends have been hot recently. Consider that dividends grew 18.2% last year which followed a 16.3% increase in 2011.


Posted by on January 3rd, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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